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Makoto Shinkai’s ‘Suzume’ heads to theaters this April

Can Suzume close all the doors?

(Featured Image Source: Crunchyroll / ©2022 “Suzume” Film Partners)

Crunchyroll has announced that they will be bringing Suzume, the latest movie from Makoto Shinkai, to North American theaters next month, bringing with it the story of a teenage girl trying to save Japan from disaster.

“Suzume is a coming-of-age story for the 17-year-old protagonist, Suzume, set in various disaster-stricken locations across Japan, where she must close the doors causing devastation.

Suzume’s journey begins in a quiet town in Kyushu (located in southwestern Japan) when she encounters a young man who tells her, “I’m looking for a door.” What Suzume finds is a single weathered door standing upright in the midst of ruins as though it was shielded from whatever catastrophe struck. Seemingly drawn by its power, Suzume reaches for the knob… Doors begin to open one after another all across Japan, unleashing destruction upon any who are near. Suzume must close these portals to prevent further disaster.

—The stars, then sunset, and the morning sky.

Within that realm, it was as though all time had melted together in the sky…

Never-before-seen scenery, encounters and farewells… A myriad of challenges await her on her journey. Despite all the obstacles in her way, Suzume’s adventure shines a ray of hope upon our own struggles against the toughest roads of anxiety and constraints that make up everyday life. This story of closing doors that connect our past to the present and future will leave a lasting impression upon all of our hearts.

Drawn in by these mysterious doors, Suzume’s journey is about to begin.”

Synopsis via

Suzume is the 13th film directed by Makoto Shinkai. His films have received praise for their masterful mix of relatable coming-of-age stories blended perfectly with disaster scenarios. His previous work includes Your Name (a film that he won “Director of the Year” at the 40th Japan Academy Film Award) and Weathering with You (which won “Animation of the Year” at the 43rd Japan Academy Film Awards). Suzume is directed & written by Makoto, with character designs by Masayoshi Tanaka, animation direction by Kenichi Tsuchiya, and art direction by Takumi Tanji.

Suzume will screen in select theaters starting April 13th. To learn more, see showtimes, and get your tickets, you can head to the official site.


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